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Somalia rejects mediation with Islamic Courts


KHARTOUM (AFP) - Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi has rejected out of hand any mediation between his government and the deposed Islamic Courts Union on his arrival in Sudan for three days of talks.

"There will not be any mediation by any party between the transitional government and the Islamic Courts," he told reporters Saturday.

Gedi said he was in Khartoum to discuss with President Omar al-Beshir and Sudanese officials "issues related to the situation in Somalia and to strengthening stability in our country."

State Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Kerti said the Sudanese government, which hosted talks between the two parties in October, "is not maintaining contacts with the Somali Islamic Courts at present."

The Somali government drove the Islamic Courts Union out of power with the backing of the Ethiopian government on December 28, and has rejected further mediation with the deposed group which is threatening to respond with a campaign of guerrilla warfare.

The United Nations and other international players have warned the Somali government that its chances of success are heavily reliant on a willingness to pursue reconciliation rather than to settle scores.

Sudan says to cut ties with ousted Somali Islamists

Sudanese government has said in intends to cit ties with ousted Somali Islamic courts council after they lost their power in the horn of African country followed war with the Ethiopian-backed Somalia forces.

State Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Kerti said the Sudanese government, which hosted talks between the two parties in October, "is not maintaining contacts with the Somali Islamic Courts at present."

He said any move which Sudan continues ties with fired courts will show how Sudan wants Somalia anarchy to be kept on so Sudan will work with any Somali side took the whole country's control in order to restore stability.

Sudan a major ally for the ousted courts hosted earlier two former rounds of Somalia rivals and branded as one of the Somali crisis fueling countries by the United Nations. Sudan dismissed the allegations as baseless

Djibouti still recognizes dismissed Somali speaker

Djiboutian government has said on Sunday it maintains to recognize Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan as the legitimate speaker of Somali parliaments though his lawmakers ousted him for long absentee from the parliament.

Idiris Arlow Ali, Djibouti parliament speaker said they are still respecting Shraif Hassan as the chief of Somalia parliaments, by dismissing accusations witch Somali legislators justified to oust him.

"Sharif Hassan is a man for peace and if he returns to our country we will welcome him as a Somali leader, as a Somali parliament speaker" he said an interview with local Somali Radio in Mogadishu.

Djibouti is widely believed to be one of the main supporters of ousted Somali Islamic courts as the dismissed speaker tied to them, but Idiris said their decision to recognize Sharif Hassan has no links to that claims.

"Though Somalia parliamentarians accused the speaker of long absentee we believe that his out of the country for Somalia people interests and national interests" he said referring to the justification of the speakers' firing.

Somalia's Parliament voted on Wednesday to oust powerful speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, who fell out with the president and prime minister late last year after he made peace overtures to Islamists.

183 MPs voted against Adan, while eight voted in his favour and one abstained.

The speaker, who had close ties to the Mogadishu businessmen who financed the Somalia Islamic Courts Council (SICC), made several attempts to strike peace deals between the government and the Islamist movement when it controlled most of the south.

But his maneuvers incurred the wrath of President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi, who said the power-sharing deal he cut did not have any government authority.

That preceded a late-December offensive in which government troops bolstered by Ethiopian air and armour ran the Islamists out of their strongholds in Mogadishu and most of the south.

As well as the threat of a guerrilla war from Islamist remnants that are hiding in the south, other security threats include the return of warlords, the prevalence of weapons across the country and long-running clan feuds.

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